Ever realize a guitar was too big or small for you?

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  1. LoopyBullet

    LoopyBullet Supporting Member

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    I guess this is the polar opposite than what Israel Kamakawiwo'ole stood for, but just wondering - anyone ever realize that a certain guitar was too big or small for you? I think I realized this a while ago that with my 5'7" stature, only certain guitars fit me well (in comfort and, I guess, aesthetically too when you're talking proportions...which is a weird thing to think about because I think it's nice to not be incredibly self-conscious and just play music like one should).

    Dreads and Jumbos are pretty much off my list because of their size. Even Martin OM's are pretty borderline for me. Anyone else tend to avoid certain guitars because of their size? I feel like aside from feeling dwarfed by certain guitars, smaller guitars are just waaay more comfortable for me, which is making me delve into the parlor side of things lately!

    Anyway, here's a great voice for anyone who needs a pick-me-up today:
     
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    Most acoustics, and ES335's are just too big for me to play comfortably sitting down. Really anything with a larger body size. Big, fat neck profiles don't fit me either. And any bass is very awkward for me to try to play.
    The only guitar I have that is actually comfortable for me to play is my Epi LP. My Strat and Tele aren't even comfortable to me.
     
  3. JamesOD

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    Well, I have to admit that those Wal-Mart guitars are a little too small for me...
     
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    Yep had a beautiful D'Angelico EXL-1. Within first few days of playing it, I had serious wrist issues. Took time off from playing not thinking it was related to that guitar. Started again, same thing. Grabbed a different one of my jazz hollow bodies, no issues.

    Finally realized that I had bought it not realizing it was a 17" body...Doh! :facepalm Ended up selling it and have never gotten a big body again.
     
  5. DrumBob

    DrumBob Gold Supporting Member

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    Dreadnaught acoustics are too big on me, but I'm OK with my Gretsch 6118 which does look large on me. I deal with it though. A Les Paul fits me well, as do all Fenders, and I can pull off a Flying V, Explorer and Moderne reasonably well. I've been told my Rickenbacker 330-12 fits me well.
     
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    At 6'-6" most guitars are just too small for me, or rather, I make most guitars look too small. I find a 335 style or nice hollowbody guitar keeps the proportions looking right.
     
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    Unless I play it all the time, a big hollow body like an ES-5 or a 6120 seems uncomfortable. However if I play it every day for a while I can deal with it.
    A 6120JR does the trick for me. Now I just need a ES-5 junior....
    I am 5-9 btw
     
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    I am 6'2" and a SG looks like a banjo on me.

    I asked a local luthier instead of making dinky's and 7/8 scale strat bodies, has he ever made 9/8, or larger strat bodies?
     
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    I like a bigger guitar, which is why I favor Explorers. I have a concert size acoustic and I never really bonded with it..when I got a dreadnought, I fell in love.
     
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    I'm also 5' 7". I have an Ibanez AS200, which is fine, possibly as a thinline. I used to own (and love) and ES150DC, but I did look - and feel - like a small man carrying a wardrobe downstairs. It shouldn't matter, but feeling foolish isn't a playing boost, I suspect.
     
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    I got a steal of a deal on a Squier Jaguar. Great sounds. Took a setup. Just could not fit my hands on the 24" neck. The Gretsch Pro Jet I had was just about as cramped as I could stand without compromise.

    My wife taught herself to play acoustic using my Guild jumbo. When she got to the point of standing to play on stage, she realized it was not compatible with her... um... bosoms. We got her a Blueridge 000 size and she is says it fits perfectly.
     
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    I'm 6' 5" and 230 pounds, I think that most guitars look small on me. I used to play ES335's. When I started playing professionally, I realized that I needed to be able to play 4 to 8 hours a day. I started looking for play-ability and comfort. I now mainly play little, 6.5 pound PRS Starla's and a parlor size acoustic.
     
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    At 6' and about 240lb, my Rhoads looks like a tiny toy :(
     
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    I'm with ya on that one. I'm 6'5 and I play a 335 and a Casino a lot of the time and they just feel right. I'm also considering a Gretsch White Falcon. I think they're really comfortable
     
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    For me it's a 335 or similar. I played a Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gent for years, then switched over to a Les Paul Deluxe. I really liked the upper fret access, and the improved sound and versatility, but it was a boat anchor and too small (I'm tall with long arms). I tried an SG, but it was just too small. A friend gave me Samick full-body archtop, and I couldn't get my arms around it comfortably. So I settled on an ES-335, which gives me the Gibson versatility and the form factor I like, and a Carvin SH-550, which is a little smaller but it has a Bigsby and custom-wound single-coil pickups so I have another available tonality.

    The fact is that I usually play a solid-body Fender Precision bass these days, which contributes to making solid guitars feel too small.
     
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    No, I'm small, but have never found an instrument uncomfortable. Try playing bass.
     
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    I find EBMM guitars to be very small. Not so much the JP versions but the Axis and Luke models for sure. Nothing wrong with them at all. Great guitars.
     
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    It took years & many guitars to find the Veillette Flyer for acoustic and to figure out a 14" lower bout is the max for electric. I just put up with the 335's size because of the gloriousness it produces.
     
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    I don't like dreadnaughts or bass guitars. Too big for me. My small hands prefer shorter scales, too. 24-24.5" is my zone.
     

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